Steadfast Love

Holy Week

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your judgements are like the great deep;
you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.

How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.

O continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
and your salvation to the upright of heart!  Psalm 36:5-10

There are days when the path we walk seems long. Thank you God for I know that your Love is greater than all my fears, all my enemies, all my tears. Your Spirit tells me to hang in there and I do. You alone are my reward because you have already traveled this road and marked my every step. If I remain in the Spirit of your Presence, I know that by your Love I never walk alone.

Breaking Bread

How long , O Lord? Will you forget me forever? Psalm 13

Because I don’t always do the right thing, I realize that sometimes, love needs time to respond. In retrospect, I know that in my shortcomings as a child, my mother could not ignore me forever, although at times it seemed as if she did. We lived in the same house and there were times when we did not interact with one another as much, such as in morning routines. But I grew up during a time when we always sat down together to eat at the dinner table. Eventually, the silence was always broken. It generally began with a question like “Would you pass the rice please?”

Food brings people together. Physically or spiritually it’s one of those common denominators in all Christian faiths. Some denominations break bread once a month, others once a week and some every day. However,”Breaking bread” is more than what we experience in our brick and mortar houses of worship. If we are the house in which Christ lives, in his steadfast love, he breaks bread with us and this is what we should also experience every time we share a meal with one another. How long will you hide your face from me? (Psalm 13) – only until the next meal.

Luke 9:1-17 But he said to them, ‘You give them something to eat.’ …And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. And all ate and were filled.

Walking To Jerusalem

Lent: Day 40 – We wait, for deliverance is nigh.

Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16

In you, O Lord, I seek refuge;
do not let me ever be put to shame;
in your righteousness deliver me.
Incline your ear to me;
rescue me speedily.
Be a rock of refuge for me,
a strong fortress to save me.

You are indeed my rock and my fortress;
for your name’s sake lead me and guide me,
take me out of the net that is hidden for me,
for you are my refuge.
My times are in your hand;
deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your steadfast love. 

In our own lives, deliverance in the midst of the struggles always seem to be longer than we would like it to be. However, when it comes, it I liken it to an avalanche almost without warning because we don’t know when it is going to happen but we do know by faith that it will happen. We then realize that by God’s love we are safely guided atop the landslide and not left buried beneath it. Our lamentation and our praise does not go unnoticed. Christ’s Resurrection is our blessed assurance.

1 Peter 4:1-8 The end of all things is near; therefore be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake of your prayers. Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins.

Arising Towards Jerusalem

Lent: Day 33 – They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them; they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. Mark 10:32-45

This Lenten season is just about over. Perhaps we are not quite at a point in our lives where it seems darkest before dawn, but in the life of Christ, he is preparing to make his way to Jerusalem. We know that the worst, at least from a physical standpoint is about to happen and those who followed Christ were afraid. Even today, at least for me, it is hard to imagine walking towards your own death especially when you are both innocent and not guilty of any crime. Who among us is both innocent and not guilty? Yet by the grace of God, with every step Christ takes towards Jerusalem we are all lifted up. Although the walk is hard to envision, because of Christ’s walk I can envision his death and burial into the darkness of the earth, as God reaching down to the depths of his creation for all who believe. Before I understood God’s Love I walked in that darkness of sin. So today I arise with Christ ahead of me and I’ll joyfully take this walk again, afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. Instead of darkness I envision light. Instead of death I envision resurrection.  Instead of continual bondage I envision eternal freedom. We are the forgiven. We are the righteous. We are the anointed. We are the children of God.

Psalm 143:1-12 Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning, for in you I put my trust. Teach me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul… 

2 Corinthians 4:1-12it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart.

God’s Love Instead

Lent: Day 23 – British singer Adele sings a wonderfully beautiful and yet heart wrenching song about love lost called Someone Like You. If you’ve ever lost what was for you a true love, the song could bring back some painful memories. In part of her refrain, she sings; “sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead.” In this she is quite true, however what we have to understand is that the love that hurts and the love that lasts are two different kinds of love. The love that hurts is always physical. The love that lasts is the spiritual one God continually gives to the soul that seeks him out. He is always ready to welcome us back into his refuge and reconcile us with his love. No physical relationship of love is ever without some kind of pain, either great or small. Through Christ, if we choose to believe, we will begin to have a fuller understanding of the true love God has for us. Since we are human even our fullest understanding of true love is limited. This should not keep us from striving to give true love (love as Christ loved) to those we say we love in this physical life. Yes, sometimes it hurts in love, but always remember that to accept God’s love instead, always lasts.

2 Samuel 7:4,8-16 When he (David) commits iniquity, I will punish him with a rod such as mortals use, with blows inflicted by human beings. But I will not take my steadfast love from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before me; your throne shall be established forever.

Psalm 89:1-29

I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, for ever;
with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.
I declare that your steadfast love is established for ever;
your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens…

For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord?
Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord

Romans 4:13-18 For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law (physical) but through the righteousness of faith (spirit/believing in God).

The Masquerade Of Life

Physically, we are all born into this world blind to it’s customs; blind to its effects; blind to its consequences. In that respect the darkness of this world has a foot hole in our lives from the very beginning and affects the self to the point of masquerading the spirit within, which seeks the light of true knowledge of the self. That light of true knowledge is to walk in fellowship with the creator of life itself. Every live physical birth has within it a spirit. The beginning of understanding true knowledge is the rebirth of the spirit within. Although the journey of the spirit seemingly has a disadvantage, because of the time spent interacting with the physical world, all things physical eventually passes away. The supreme advantage of the spirit is that of its steadfast and everlasting nature. Unfortunately, some never get to true knowledge. The rest of us get there at various times in our lives and when we do the battle to stay within the spirit can be difficult. Just remember the supreme advantage and know that walking in the light of true knowledge always over comes the darkness.

Born Blind; Walking in Light; Struggle; Supreme Advantage